What's the weather like in Launceston?

Launceston is full of natural beauty and historic buildings so it's little wonder that it's so popular among travellers, both domestic and international. Launceston's mild weather is a major drawcard of the area, as are its stunning national parks and scenic wineries throughout the Tamar Valley. 

The weather in Launceston is fairly mild throughout the year, with the occasional sub-zero temperatures during the winter months. The average temperature in summer is a pleasant 77°F, but the sun's UV rays can still be quite high so ensure you apply sunscreen before going outside. 

What type of climate does Launceston have?

Launceston has a maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Due to this city's geographic location in northern Tasmania, it's likely to experience slightly warmer weather than its southern counterpart, Hobart, especially in the summer. It also experiences less wind chill as it's nestled between mountain ranges.

What's winter like in Launceston?

Winter in Launceston runs from June to August and can be quite cold with freezing overnight temperatures. Foggy mornings are also common, so be careful if you're out on the roads before 12 pm.

Winters in Launceston can be quite rainy, particularly in July which records 17 days of rainfall on average. This is followed by August and June with 16 and 14 days respectively. 

July is the coldest month with a maximum average temperature of 52°F, closely followed by June and August at 54°F.

When's the best time to visit Launceston? 

There really is no best time to visit Launceston as each month provides reasonably good weather. Deciding when to visit largely depends on what kind of holiday you want to have.

If you want to make the most of the great outdoors, hiking and bike riding your way along the Tamar River and through this city's luscious national parks, then summer is a good season to go in. Summer sees lower rainfall and warmer temperatures. However, it's also the peak season for travel so the city is likely to be busier than usual. 

If you want to avoid the crowds but still experience sunnier weather, consider visiting in March or November.

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